Headmaster's Message: Friday 9th July

Dear Anselmian parents and students,

This has been one of the most unusual weeks of my career as we approach the end of term! Only 150 students have been regularly present on site this week, owing to the impact of Covid-19.

We thank you for your support and compliance with the “bubble” strategy which is designed to break the chain of transmission.

On Monday 12th July the College will re-open to all boys in Years 9 and 10 for teaching and learning on site, except for those who have tested positive or are required to self-isolate or are feeling unwell.

We will also be open to boys in Years 7, 8 and 12 except those who are ill, have tested positive or are required to self-isolate, including those boys sent home as close contacts this week. Please ensure that your boys take a LFD test at home on Sunday and return a negative result before they return to College.

We will be testing all boys present on site from Monday to Wednesday this week on a daily basis, except those with a medical exemption, in order to protect boys and their families from asymptomatic transmission.

We will continue to deliver teaching and learning throughout next week, mindful of lost teaching time this year. Sadly we will not be able to hold our annual Sports Day although we hope to hold Year group events during Games lessons. On  a sporting note Year 12 athlete Harry Ross-Hughes runs in the 400m Hurdles Final at the British Schools Athletics Championships at the Sport City Stadium in Manchester on Saturday and we wish him deserved success.

It has been very frustrating this year having to send large numbers of boys home, including recently, owing to close contacts and tracing. The DfE intends to end this reliance on bubbles next term and an announcement to that effect will be made in August, subject to local conditions.

I wish you all an enjoyable weekend. I have been waiting 55 years for England to appear in a major football final!

Yours in hope,

Simon Duggan